Saudi food production performance ranks 4th among G20 countries
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Saudi Arabia’s food production sector performance in Q1 this year ranked fourth among G-20 countries due to significant gains



Saudi companies selected in the S&P Food & Beverage Select Industry Index have gained 4.99 percent over the past three months.

Saudi companies selected in the S&P Food & Beverage Select Industry Index have gained 4.99 percent over the past three months.

Saudi food production sector’s dollar-denominated equity gains outweigh those of investors in the same sector in the United States and Germany.

The sector’s companies in Saudi Arabia are engaged in the manufacture of food products and the production of fresh dairy, its derivatives, and juices, as well as in the field of production and agricultural manufacturing.

The financial data on FactSet showed that the sector’s growth factors lie in the baked goods and dairy activities due to improved commercial conditions after the pandemic, the re-opening of educational institutions, and the increase in the number of visitors and tourists to Saudi cities.

The re-opening of schools enhances the profitability margins of the bakery sector. The poultry sector is also benefiting from growth in demand from the supply services sector and improved demand from the food services sector in Saudi Arabia.

Brazil’s major food production companies rank first in terms of share gains, thanks to the advantage of externally exporting meat and poultry products.

Some companies in Saudi Arabia benefited from higher demand in the export market by increasing sales and rising prices over the past period.

In the first quarter, the S&P Saudi Food & Beverage Sector Index more than 49 times outperformed the MSCI Food Production Index’s 0.10 percent gains for “All Countries of the World” markets.

It is reported that 67 percent of the G-20 “food and beverages” sectors had stock market losses during the first quarter, owing to inflation, rising raw material prices, high international logistical costs, and higher input costs as a result of higher corn, soy, and dairy prices.

Brazil’s “food and beverages” sector ranked first with gains of 16.8 percent during the first quarter, followed by Canada at 5.67 percent, South Africa at 5.08 percent, Saudi Arabia at 4.99 percent, fifth, Mexico at 3.21 percent, sixth, United States of America at 1.80 percent.

The Economic Reporting Unit relied on the financial statements of FactSet — the company that manages those data and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange — where it has data covering the vast majority of the Group of 20 members.

The G20 “food and beverage production” sector’s data were available during the monitoring period in Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Germany, France, Brazil, India, and Mexico.

To achieve a fair comparison of the sector’s equity performance, the largest international index providers, such as FTSE, S&P Dow Jones, and MSCI Group, provide global asset management companies with dollar-denominated indices specializing in banking sector coverage.

FactSet is one of the most popular financial analysis platforms used by the global investment community to assess securities and build investment decisions.